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Moths and Butterflies: Anyone interested in contributing to wikipedia

Hello all,
I am not a North-American, but seeing I am working on creating moth and butterfly pages on wikipedia, I visit this great website quite often and always look here first when I am writing an article on a North-American species. Since this site has a lot of experienced contributors, I am wondering if there are any people I could interest in helping out with article creation and improvement on wikipedia. There are only few people working on insect related articles and any help would be greatly appreciated. I am working on moths and butterflies mainly, so my main interest would be to get some help in that department.
It would also be amazing if people would be willing to donate some pictures (especially for species we don't have pictures of at the moment). Donating pics, would mean they would have to be released under a creative commons licence without restricting commercial use though. A lot of the North-American species don't have freely available pictures anywhere on the net, which is quite a strange phenomenon, because I have found tons of free pictures of European, Australian and even Asian species. It seems North-Americans are more reluctant to release their pics under a free licence for some reason. But I'm hoping some people on Bug Guide are willing to help out for the greater good.. :)

Cheers and keep up the good work with this great site!
Greatings from The Netherlands

Wikicommons
Several Bugguiders, including me, have images in Wikicommons. I have also allowed the use of my images in several sites, such as the Tree of Life and the Forestry Service.
I have had many images stolen or borrowed from Bugguide or other sites; the two most commonly taken are this and the collage used here. By googling my name I can only know of those cases in which the user credited me, so who knows how many more there are. They even show up in sites in Japanese and Arabic. That is why I don't submit high resolution images; at least they can't "borrow" the better version.
On the other hand, in a couple of occasions magazines contacted me and purchased the high resolution images after finding them either here, or in Flickr, or in my website, etc.
Also, in another couple of occasions, after I contacted the "borrower" (very tactfully, I may add), they not only apologized but ended up buying or commissioning some of my work.
So far, the positive outcomes far outweigh the negative ones; so I will continue to contribute to Wiki, although I will make sure that I use very low resolution (even lower than the 560 px on the larger side that Bugguide recommends). After all Wiki's thumbnails are around 250 px and you can always add a link to an image in Bugguide if higher resolution is needed.
So, if you see here any image of mine that you can use, let me know and I will post it.

 
That is very kind of you Beat
That is very kind of you Beatriz! Yes, low resolution is no problem for wikipedia. The images are only used for the enhancement of the quality of the article, not for identification like on Bug Guide. I have taken the liberty to browse through your contributions (you take beautiful pictures!) and found the following I could use to create new articles or insert in existing articles which are missing images at the moment.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/348622
http://bugguide.net/node/view/348474
http://bugguide.net/node/view/318220
http://bugguide.net/node/view/316463
http://bugguide.net/node/view/308001
http://bugguide.net/node/view/299981
http://bugguide.net/node/view/255275
http://bugguide.net/node/view/180403
http://bugguide.net/node/view/161642
http://bugguide.net/node/view/155827
http://bugguide.net/node/view/147626
http://bugguide.net/node/view/146157
http://bugguide.net/node/view/116452
http://bugguide.net/node/view/116448
http://bugguide.net/node/view/115302
http://bugguide.net/node/view/113339
http://bugguide.net/node/view/113312
http://bugguide.net/node/view/112487
http://bugguide.net/node/view/112485
http://bugguide.net/node/view/86530
http://bugguide.net/node/view/66361
http://bugguide.net/node/view/63809
http://bugguide.net/node/view/59211
http://bugguide.net/node/view/56840
http://bugguide.net/node/view/52177
http://bugguide.net/node/view/40982
http://bugguide.net/node/view/38885
http://bugguide.net/node/view/33480
http://bugguide.net/node/view/18584
http://bugguide.net/node/view/13652
http://bugguide.net/node/view/13651
http://bugguide.net/node/view/11526
http://bugguide.net/node/view/8073
http://bugguide.net/node/view/7245
http://bugguide.net/node/view/7145
http://bugguide.net/node/view/6975

There are tons more that would be great to have on wikipedia, but since I only work on moths and butterflies, I only listed those, because I can make sure they are in fact used in an article.

Thanks again for your offer.. and if you would be so kind to let me know if you uploaded a picture on commons, I will make sure to use it on wikipedia as soon as I can.

Cheer and regards.

 
e-mail?
I should have suggested that you e-mail me rather than posting this list here; but it doesn't matter. Here is one of my recent posts to Wikicommons. That will take you to my user page and gallery. I already posted a couple of pictures in some articles both in the English and the Spanish Wikis. Couldn't resist it.

 
Thanks again Beatriz! I'll st
Thanks again Beatriz! I'll start working on the articles asap!

Creative Commons
Many BugGuide users (including the Balabans and myself) have already released their images under a Creative Commons license--you just have to click on a user's name to go to his or her profile page and see what the situation is. Why does contributing to Wikipedia require releasing images "without restricting commercial use" though? I think you will find far fewer contributors who are willing to go along with that. If Wikipedia doesn't intend to use the images commercially, this shouldn't be necessary.

 
Cheers, I already found some
Cheers, I already found some users who made their images available with a cc 3.0 licence. I don't exactly know why they have chosen to exclude images that are creative commons, but restrict commercial use, but I guess it is because they only want "truly free" content, i.e.: no restrictions at all, so everybody can use it, for whatever purpose they want. I guess it is a fundamental choice they made. But I agree it limits the willingness to contribute. Anyway, I understand people are hesitant to release all of their pictures like that, but it would really help if there is at least one image that is available for me to use. Let's say you spot a bug in your garden, if you take a bunch of pictures, it would be great if you would release one of them with a cc 3.0 licence, so it can be used on wikipedia. Having images is a great way of getting people interested in making an article on a species. Anyway.. any help would be appreciated!

 
Because . . .
"I don't exactly know why they have chosen to exclude images that are creative commons, but restrict commercial use"

Many contributors here have checked the Creative Commons box in their profiles. In my case, I favor use of my images (such as they are--not professional quality) for altruistic purposes such as education, but any monetary profit from them should come to me.

 
I completely understand that
I completely understand that you would not want someone else to profit from your work, and personally, I would prefer it if cc media with a commercial restriction would be accepted, but I do understand why it is not. You can read the rationale here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Non-free_content

Anyway, it does not really matter if I agree with that policy or not, I just like to make articles on moths and butterflies and like to illustrate them, hence my request. I completely understand why people dont want to release images in such a manner, but I am hoping someone would be willing to release some images I can use.

Cheers and thank you for all your replies.

The difficulty with having our images in more than one place
is that they have to be updated in more than one place when changes are made. Most of us prefer to have our images in just one update-able place, and that place is BugGuide. If wikipedia wants visitors to see an image of a species that can be seen on BugGuide, just send them to BugGuide to see it would be our preference. Being less than knowledgeable about programming, we don't know what that would entail, but it would be our preference. We hope you find others to help with your work, but we find that we have barely enough time to keep up with the work we want to do at BugGuide. We couldn't possibly volunteer to take on more responsibility elsewhere. sorry

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